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PERC Funds

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As we went to press in early May, propane associations from across the country were weighing in on potential changes to the Propane Education & Research Council Assessment Rebate and Partnership with States programs.   In 2016 both of these programs are slated to provide an aggregate of about $9,600,000 to state and regional propane associations nationwide for safety & training, ...

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Made in The USA?

Charles-Bursey

Like many of you I have listened to all of the presidential hopefuls talk about how they in their own way will make America strong or great. I have throughout my life always looked at the United States as the strongest of all the countries, anyway. However, as I think back to my younger days, like some of you I ...

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Jurisdictional Systems

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

If you are a propane retailer, chances are you have heard the phrase ‘jurisdictional account” at least once. If you are lucky, you know the term, and either have your jurisdictional house in order—or have no jurisdictional accounts at all. Should neither of the conditions above apply to you, this I something you ought to get up to speed on. ...

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My Kind of Rebate

Keith-Reid1

To say I have a love-hate relationship with rebates would only be halfway truthful. You can drop the love part. My experience with rebates generally involves going to the trouble to fill one out only to never hear from the company again; starting to fill one out but having misplaced or thrown out the box with its barcode, or the ...

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Degree Days

Charles-Bursey

I hope that most of the readers are familiar with the words DEGREE DAY, but if not I will give you a quick overview of the meaning. A heating or cooling degree day is of measurement to determine how hot or cold the temperature has been over a 24-hour cycle. Whenever the temperature is below 65°F, you have what is ...

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Two-Stage

glanthier

By George Lanthier Here’s an updated article from 1992 that still makes sense. I’ve been a great advocate of “two-stage” operation for a long time. I really think that a commercial burner with low-hi operation is great (if you can’t afford full modulation) and I’m still hoping to see more use of a two-stage residential oilburner before my career ends. ...

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Let the Shows Begin

Keith-Reid1

Spring is almost here, but for heating oil dealers the last five months or so have been too much like spring and not enough like winter. Fortunately, oil prices have been very low, generating at least a little bit of margin opportunity as well as greater satisfaction with our core fuel among customers. On the plus side, oil prices are ...

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The Effects of Corrosion and Scale

Charles-Bursey

I know many of you have dealt with some kind of corrosion or scale issue, but perhaps you have never heard about how the efficiency of a heating system is affected by corrosion or scale build-up. I think my first exposure to the term corrosion came when I was a little younger and my ‘52 Ford failed to start. My ...

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Bobtails

shane sweet june 2015 at Ray Murray show

Shane Sweet Bobtails. They are the life blood of the retail propane business.  In February I had a chance to sit down with Roger Smith, V.P. & General Manager of Kurtz Truck Equipment, based in Marathon, New York, and we talked bobtails for a few minutes. “Back in the Day, the company I was with at the time, who had ...

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Let Veterans Serve You Again

Keith-Reid1

In the Business News section there’s an item on an API program, “Veterans Energy Pipeline,” which is designed to link up veterans with job opportunities in the oil and gas industry. As that stands now, the API focus appears to stop at the refinery where downstream is concerned. I plan on talking to API a bit and with some other ...

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